Last week, I wrote about homework and how parents can help students with these nightly homework assignments. This week, I want to provide a few tips on dealing with projects that require more time.
Whether it is a long term project or studying for a weekly spelling test, it is important that our students learn how to manage their time so that they are not waiting until the last minute to get assignments done. I can remember times when my husband and I were called upon to help with a project, bake cookies, or gather up supplies that were needed the next day causing all of us a very stressful evening! Organization and time management are important skills that help both parents and children successfully meet these deadlines.
Here are a few suggestions to help parents as they assist their children in learning these important skills:
1) Encourage children to keep track of assignments and projects on a calendar or in an agenda book. Our high school students, as well as our middle school students, and some of our elementary students all have school agenda books. Even young children can learn to keep track of important deadlines in an agenda book or on a calendar.
2) Help your children break down long range assignments into small manageable tasks. It might be unrealistic for a young child to learn 10 spelling words in one night but it becomes a much easier task, if the child works on three or four words a night until the day of the spelling test.
3) Keep a family calendar and ask your children to note on the calendar important assignments, especially those that require your help. It might be an item that they need for a special project in class or an important project or book report. By putting a note on the family calendar, parents can make sure that no one is rushing around at the last minute to meet an important deadline.
4) Set aside time every night for school work. Depending upon your family schedule, this may not be the same time every night but it is important for children to get into the routine of “homework time.”
5) If your child is unsure of what the teacher expects, have your child ask the teacher specific questions about the assignment or you contact the teacher.
Learning organizational and time management skills will help your child throughout their life and perhaps make your life as a parent a little less stressful.
As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org